Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 46, Issue 9, pp 975–985

Photovoltaic study of quantum dot-sensitized TiO2/CdS/ZnS solar cell with P3HT or P3OT added

  • Andrea Cerdán-Pasarán
  • Diego Esparza
  • Isaac Zarazúa
  • Manuel Reséndiz
  • Tzarara López-Luke
  • Elder De la Rosa
  • Rosalba Fuentes-Ramírez
  • Alejandro Alatorre-Ordaz
  • Alejandro Martínez-Benítez
Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10800-016-0972-y

Cite this article as:
Cerdán-Pasarán, A., Esparza, D., Zarazúa, I. et al. J Appl Electrochem (2016) 46: 975. doi:10.1007/s10800-016-0972-y
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Solar Cells

Abstract

Within the body of research aimed at improving the photovoltaic performance of quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSC), poly-3-alkyl thiophenes have been commonly used in hybrid photovoltaic devices. The roles of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and of poly(3-octylthiophene) (P3OT) on hybrid QDSSC were investigated in the present work. To this end, CdS and ZnS QDs were deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method on TiO2 mesoporous film. The polymers were added by drop-casting method giving the configurations TiO2/CdS/ZnS/P3HT and TiO2/CdS/ZnS/P3OT. Results showed that the polymer covers the TiO2/CdS/ZnS surface enough to protect it from contact with the polysulfide electrolyte, while electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements indicated that when P3HT and P3OT were employed, the recombination resistance increased and the transport resistance decreased, causing the improvement of the open circuit voltage and fill factor, respectively.

Graphical Abstract

Keywords

P3HT P3OT Hybrid quantum dot-sensitized solar cells CdS TiO2 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Cerdán-Pasarán
    • 1
    • 2
  • Diego Esparza
    • 1
  • Isaac Zarazúa
    • 1
    • 3
  • Manuel Reséndiz
    • 1
    • 4
  • Tzarara López-Luke
    • 1
  • Elder De la Rosa
    • 1
  • Rosalba Fuentes-Ramírez
    • 2
  • Alejandro Alatorre-Ordaz
    • 2
  • Alejandro Martínez-Benítez
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigaciones en ÓpticaLeónMexico
  2. 2.División de Ciencias Naturales y ExactasUniversidad de GuanajuatoGuanajuatoMexico
  3. 3.Institute of Advanced MaterialsUniversitat Jaume ICastellóSpain
  4. 4.Universidad Tecnológica del Estado de Querétaro (UTEQ)Santiago De QuerétaroMexico

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